BLOGMAS 2019 DAY 27 : Five-Star Reads Predictions for 2020

I’ve fallen down the booktubers worm-hole A LOT this year, and have a bunch of new features that I’m hoping to incorporate into the blog in 2020. One of which I’ve fallen in love with after seeing it featured on both BooksandLala and Chandler Ainsley is the 2020 five-star predictions posts.

As the name suggests, the books listed below are books I feel like are destined to be to five-star reads for me in the year 2020. Ideally, in December 2020, I will do a follow-up post to this one, giving feedback on the books read and my experiences; fingers crossed they are all five-star reads! Continue reading

Last Chance Reminder: Heart Of The Town Signing is Happening Today!

To celeberate the release of their new rural bindup collection, S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine are having a local book signing and they would love for you to come!

WHO: S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

WHERE: Big W Charlestown

WHAT: Book Signing

WHEN: Saturday 28th July at 10 am


Come along on Saturday 28th July at 10 am and say hello to S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine and get your book signed.


Local Book Signing: S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

To celeberate the release of their new rural bindup collection, S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine are having a local book signing and they would love for you to come!

WHO: S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

WHERE: Big W Charlestown

WHAT: Book Signing

WHEN: Saturday 28th July at 10 am


Come along on Saturday 28th July at 10 am and say hello to S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine and get your book signed.


Waiting On Wednesday: Heart Of The Town (Mindalby Outback Romance Series) by S.E. Gilchrist, Susanne Bellamy, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

Weekly Meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming releases that we are excited for.


Published by: Harlequin Australia

Expected Publication: 23rd July 2018


Can its determined inhabitants save a dying country town? Four different writers tell the story of Mindalby, a beautiful country town threatened with extinction when its cotton mill closes.

Cotton Field Dreams by S.E. Gilchrist

Sasha comes to the small town of Mindalby to recover from a traumatic event with vengeance on her mind – the last thing she wants is a relationship. Local single dad, Cole, is drawn to this smart determined nurse, but could Sasha’ secrets destroy the relationship before it has begun?

Starting Over by Susanne Bellamy

When fashion designer Serena Quinlan arrives in Mindalby for the annual cotton festival she meets local leather worker Paul Carey and commissions him to create accessories for her designs. Their mutual attraction is powerful, but hampered by Serena’s search for her father and the arrival of her ex–fiance. When Serena uncovers the truth of her birth, will it blow their budding relationship apart?

More than a Promise by Lauren K McKellar

Asher is struggling to keep her head above water. With her job at the real estate agent, her father’s addiction to the bottle, her absentee mother’s increasingly pushy text messages and trying to be a good mum to daughter Dakota, she has no time for relationships…even if Flynn Carmichael is the most beautiful man she’s ever seen.

A Daughter’s Choice by Lee Christine

Lynsey Carter’s relationship with her father is fraught, so when she hears that the cotton mill that is her birthright has closed down (and her father is lying low), she returns to Mindalby to support her mother and seek out answers. Torn between family loyalty and duty to the community and an old passion for Julian Stone, her high school sweetheart, Lynsey has a lot to deal with. More than that, she has built a life for herself away from Mindalby. How can she stay there now?



WHO: S.E. Gilchrist, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine

WHERE: Big W Charlestown

WHAT: Book Signing

WHEN: Saturday 28th July at 10 am

3rd Birthday Celebration Giveaway Day 4: A Bindarra Creek Romance

If you’ve been following me for a while now then you know that I’m huge supporter of local industries and talent. So what better way to support local authors then to showcase some of them on here and give a couple of their books away while I’m at it!

Last year a group of local authors got together and came up with the Bindarra Creek Romance Series. The idea was simple, 13 authors and 13 new stories released over 13 months.

Bindarra Creek Romance

13 romances.      13 authors.      13 months.

Welcome to Bindarra Creek, a struggling country community whose townspeople work hard and love deeply.  Set in the tablelands of New England, Australia, the fictional Bindarra Creek is a drought stricken community full of intrigue, adventure, drama and honest country goodness. Life and love in a small country town has never been more challenging.


While the authors set out to give life to a struggling fictional rural town in Australia, what they have created is a family of characters, lives and livelihoods that live within this very country, and will be sure to take up space in your heart. As each book is written by a different author, they each feature new characters who are bold and bright and leap of the page. But they are also unique and written not only beautifully, but differently so that there is something there for each and every one of us. Click on the cover to be taken to that books goodreads entry to learn more or to see the complete list of books in this series click here.


Personally I love what this talented group of ladies have managed to do and today I’m giving TWO readers the chance to win ONE ebook of their choosing from the series.

To go in the draw to win leave a comment on this post telling me what is about rural romance stories that you love. Is it the settings? The characters? Do you have a favourite author/character/book?

This giveaway is open internationally and will end at Midnight on Sunday 7th February with winners announced Monday the 8th February by email and on the blog.


Do you Like Free Stuff?

I know it’s a stupid question, because let’s face it who doesn’t like getting things for free!

For a short time only It happened At Cafe Nix is available for free on Wattpad!

A day in the life of a famous café.  
A chapter in the life of favourite characters.  
A story about how life can get in the way of love.
14 Authors – 15 Happy Endings

Long distance relationships don’t work
Nix Sutherland is at a crossroads. She loves running the family business, the famous Sydney Harbourside Cafe Nix, and she also loves Linc, whose vet practice is in Melbourne.

After months of jumping on planes and swapping cities, both of them too stressed and tried to enjoy being together, it’s all come to a head. In the middle of a typically busy day at the cafe that includes everything from broken hearts to breaking waters, cops to canoodling couples, Nix realises that loving the cafe means giving up Linc.

Meet Nix and characters from the novels of favourite Escape Publishing authors in fresh original shorts, and experience a day in the life of Cafe Nix.

Who are the Cafe Nix authors?
In order of appearance they are:
Elizabeth DunkThe Silver-haired Saviour:  In the style of The Lies We Tell
Juanita KeesUnder His Persuasion:  Characters from Tag Raiders Series
Sandra AntonelliNiagara Falls at Cafe Nix:  Characters from Driving in Neutral
Jane O’Reilly: Hunk of the Month:  Characters from The Holiday Survival Guide
Nicole Flockton: Bound by Their Wedding Plans:  Characters from Bound By His Desire
Cate Ellink: Deeper Diving:  Characters from Deep Diving
Ros Baxter: Stand and Deliver:  Characters from Lingerie for Felons
Jenny Schwartz: Kissing Time:  Characters from Hero Duty
Ainslie Paton: No Dick Moves:  Characters from Insecure
Jennie Jones: 12 Bells and a Baby:  Characters from Swallows Fall series
Lee Christine: In Safe Company:  Characters from Grace & Poole series
Lily Malone: Angry Birds and Turtle Doves:  Characters from So Far Into You
Rhian Cahill: Christmas Wishes Do Come True: Characters from Christmas Wishes
Amy Andrews: Risqué Business:  Characters from Risky Business

Where can you get It Happened at Café Nix?
It will be released on Wattpad on April 2 and later will be available as a complete volume through Smashwords.

*Information found via Escape Publishing website*

Personally I’m hugely exited for these stories and can’t wait to read them! So head on over to Wattpad to read them now! It’s actually pretty well planned that this collection releases this week, afterall what are long weekends for if not reading? You know where I will be 🙂

UPDATE: As of Friday 3rd April, Wattpad are reporting 1.5 thousand people have read these stories! So you know they must be good, and FREE!




Firstly I want to apologise for how long it has taken me to be able to draw this, if you saw my morning post today then you’d know I’ve had a lot of problems since Australia Day pretty much with internet issues and thus have been MIA. Well the aforementioned problems have been fixed (finally!) and I’ve finally able to draw the two lucky winners of the AUSTRALIA DAY BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY!

Thank you to everyone who visited the blog over the long weekend and left a comment to enter for either of the books. If I could I would give you all a book for supporting my blog and the giveaway, but alas I work in retail and the pay’s just not that great so I can’t 😦 Sorry!Both winners were drawn using which is a true number generator (every comment was assigned a number and if number generator choose your number you won). So without further ado I present to you the winners of the two books:

Congratulations goes to STEF who won the ecopy of Lee Christine’s In Safe Keeping!



Congrautlations to Susan Wheelan who won the signed hardback copy of Kurt Fearnley’s Sports Biography.

Both winners have been contacted by email with directions on how to claim their prizes! Congratulations once again to Stef and Susan Wheelan. I hope you enjoy the books!

My Top Ten Books Of 2014!

I read a lot more in 2014 than I have in the past as I embraced the blog. I read outside my comfort zones and outside of my normal reading habits. I brought e-readers and devoured the self published market. I just read. So it was hard to choose to just ten books to include on this list (especially since I read 130!). To see a complete list of the books I read this year click here.


Best opening to a book I’ve ever read. Highly addictive.


Oh Mal.




This book broke me.

Superb writing and one hell of a fantastic story that stays with you.



My new obsession. Futuristic fairytales. I love this series.

Technically by including it here, I’m unofficially including the rest of the series, because they are all so fantastic that I can’t choose just one book as my favourite.


I got this as a ARC and then brought a paperback as soon as I’d finished reading.

A fresh and contemporary take on the classic ‘Brave New World.’


G.J. Walker-Smith is amazing.


As is Lee Christine.

I had a hard time trying to choose which of her latest two books to include on this list.

Fast paced suspense, legal action and a taboo relationship – what’s not to love?!


I’m Irish mad, and this book just hit all the right notes.

Funny, wittyA, easy to read and highly entertaining.


Lucy and Cam are perhaps my favourite couple in this series.


Oh Kaz Delaney. One of the first books I read last year and perhaps one of the more realistic YA novels (minus the paranormal elements of course). No one can get in to a teens head better than Kaz Delaney.

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014 Complete


It’s the last day of 2014 (this year has flown by) so I thought I should let you know how I went with the challenge. As it stands today, I have six more half finished reviews for this list that I will hopefully get to in the new year, but I read and reviewed more than last year, so I’m pretty happy.

To date I have read 61 in total and reviewed 29 of them so far.


1. Don’t Fence Me In: Grassroots Wisdom From A Country Gal – Rachael Treasure

2. Dead Actually – Kaz Delaney

3. Almost Dead – Kaz Delaney

4. What Happens In Ireland – Whitney K.E (REVIEWED)

5. In Safe Arms – Lee Christine (REVIEWED)

6. Dr. No Commitment – Virginia Taylor (REVIEWED)

7. Dear Stranger – Elise K. Ackles (REVIEWED)

8. More Than This – Jay McLean (REVIEWED)

9. Lick – Kylie Scott

10. More Than Her – Jay McLean

11. More Than Him – Jay Mclean (REVIEWED)

12. Seven Sons – Lili St. Germain

13. Deceive Me In Ireland – Whitney K.E (REVIEWED)

14. Six Brothers – Lili St Germain

15. What Goes On Tour – Claire Boston

16. The Lost Girls – Wendy James (REVIEWED)

17. Hindsight – Sarah Belle

18. Disruption – Jessica Shirvington (REVIEWED)

19. Play – Kylie Scott

20. Claiming Her Mate – Jess Buffet

21. Sparks Fly With The Billionaire – Marion Lennox

22. The Easter Bunny’s Helper – Anna Mangan (author); Tasmin Ainslie (Illustrator) (REVIEWED)

23. Enslaved By The Ocean – Bella Jewel

24.  Bikers & Tinsel – Bella Jewel

25. Secret North – G.J. Walker-Smith (REVIEWED)

26. Gallipoli – Kerry Greenwood (REVIEWED)

27. A Day To Remember – Jackie French (REVIEWED)

28. I Love My Mum – Anna Walker (REVIEWED)

29. My Mum Is A Superhero – Ruby Brown (Author) & Lesley Vamos (Illustrator) (REVIEWED)

30. My Mum Says The Strangest Things – Katrina Gernain (Author) & Tom Jellett (Illustrator) (REVIWED)

31. Rocking Horse Hill – Cathryn Hein

32. Empty Nest – Fiona Palmer (REVIEWED)

33. Love On Location – Claire Baxter (REVIEWED)

34.Wombat Stew – Marcia Vaughan & Pamela Lofts (Illustrator)

35.Life After Taylah – Bella Jewel

36.Destry – Lola Stark

37. Outback Blaze – Rachael Johns

38. The Wrong Girl – Zoe Foster

39. Koala Lou – Mem Fox

40. The Younger Man – Zoe Foster

41. Silver Dawn – GJ Walker-Smith (REVIEWED)

42. Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Mad – Mem Fox & Marla Frazee (Illustrator)

43. More Than Forever – Jay McLean (REVIEWD)

44. Lost & Found – Brooke Davis

45. Enrapturned – Shannon Curtis

46. Lead – Kylie Scott

47. Spark – Jennifer Ryder

48. Bush Games & Knucklebones – Doris Kartinyeri & Kunyi June-Anne McInerney (Illustrator)

49. The Night We Mad The Flag: A Eureka Story – Carole Wilkinson & Sebastain Ciaffaglore (Illustrator)

50. An Anzac Tale – Ruth Starke & Greg Holfield

51. Tom The Outback Mailman – Kristin Weidenbach & Timonthy Ide

52.Christmas At Grandad’s Farm (Jingle All The Way) – Clair Saxby & Janine Dawson

53. No More Mr. Nice Guy – Amy Andrews

54. Corruption – Jessica Shirvington

55. A Touch Of Frost – Rhian Cahill (REVIEWED)

56. 12 Daves of Christmas – Juliet Madison (REVIEWED)

57. 12 Days At Silver Bells House – Jennie Jones (REVIEWED)

58. Secret Santo – Carla Caruso (REVIEWED)

59. Storm Shells (reread) – G.J Walker-Smith (REVIEWED)

60. Sand Jewels (reread) – G.J. Walker-Smith (REVIEWED)

61. Saving Wishes (reread) – G.J. Walker-Smith (REVIEWED)

62. Second Hearts (rereads) – G.J. Walker-Smith (REVIEWED)

63. More Than Forever – Jay McLean (forgot to add this to the list (REVIEWED)

64. Reluctantly Charmed – Ellie O’Neil

65. In Safe Keeping – Lee Christine



It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


I hope you all have a fabulous Christmas with your loved ones and family. I know I did! I had a quiet Christmas with my family and it was just nice. For the first time in ten years I got more than two days off as well (unheard of in retail), so I spent my extra two days reading and catching up with friends.

I think I may have enjoyed the time off a little too much because I really don’t want to go back to work today at all… the silver lining being that hopefully we get some more new releases in-store this week.. I’m hanging out to buy one or two of them. If you’re a fan of Bronwyn Parry, her book was released early. I know I unpacked it last week and brought it on Tuesday! It’s so good 🙂

What I’m Currently Reading:



What I Read Last Week:


On the Blog last week:

REVIEW: Secret Santo by Carla Caruso

REVIEW: 12 Daves Of Christmas By Juliet Madison

REVIEW: A Touch Of Frost by Rhian Cahill


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Sunday ‘Shelve It’!